Kopi luwak, also known as civet coffee, is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. It is produced from coffee cherries that have been partially digested and defecated by the Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). The cherries are fermented as they pass through the civet’s intestines, and after being defecated with other fecal matter, they are collected.
The production of kopi luwak is a complex and labor-intensive process. The civets are typically kept in cages and are fed a diet of coffee cherries. The cherries are then collected from the civet’s feces, washed, and roasted.
Kopi luwak is said to have a smooth, chocolatey flavor with hints of caramel and spice. It is also said to have a lower acidity level than other coffees.
Kopi luwak can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,000 per cup. The high price is due to the rarity of the coffee and the labor-intensive production process.
The production of kopi luwak has been the subject of much controversy. Some people argue that it is cruel to keep civets in cages and that the process of collecting the coffee cherries is unsanitary. Others argue that the high price of kopi luwak is not justified by its quality.